Research shows that the food we eat has a direct impact on our cognitive acuity later in life. For example, eating cheese and drinking red wine helps reduce the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
Cognitive decline in later life manifests itself, among other things, in the development of a neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have found that people who regularly eat cheese, consume lamb once a week, and drink a glass of red wine every day are less at risk of cognitive decline related to age.
The study is based on the analysis of data from nearly 1,800 people aged 46 to 77 who have taken a specific intelligence test and conducted interviews about their lifestyle and eating habits. Questions about food and alcohol consumption were also answered.
These results make it possible to develop new preventive strategies based on the modulation of the microbiota of people at risk. However, scientists point out that more research is needed to determine whether a change in diet and intestinal flora can actually help the brain significantly.